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Guests of God: Pilgrimage and Politics in the Islamic World

Robert R. Bianchi


Each year, more than two million pilgrims from over 100 countries converge on the holy city of Mecca to reenact the ritual dramas that Muslims have been performing for centuries. While it is first and foremost a religious festival, the hajj is also a major political event. The Muslim world's leading multinational organization, the Organization of the Islamic Conference, has established the first international regime explicitly devoted to pilgrimage. Every large Muslim nation has developed a comprehensive hajj policy and a powerful bureaucracy to enforce it. Yet no authority–secular or religiou ... More

Keywords: Hajj, Islam, pilgrims, politics, international law, international relations, Organization of the Islamic Conference, Mecca, social science, humanities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195171075
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0195171071.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert R. Bianchi, author
University of Chicago
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